Yes, this is the Middle Class Guy blog, but sometimes I read something geared towards women and feel it worth sharing.
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain is not specifically written for women, but after reading it and visiting her Facebook page and Twitter feed, damned if I could find a photo of a man or one Like or comment by one.
This book was originally published in 1978 when Ms. Gawain was merely thirty years old. I was seven years old.
Anyway, I paid fifty cents for this book at a library book sale (paperbacks fifty cents, hardcovers for a buck), read this motivational book for chicks and picked up a few pointers.
Gawain’s book is about learning how to use your natural creative imagination in a more conscious way as a technique to create what you truly want – love, fulfillment, enjoyment, satisfying relationships, rewarding work, self-expression, health, beauty, prosperity, harmony and inner peace. Things that would appeal to a Middle Class Guy or a man of any social or economic class.
In creative visualization, you use your imagination to create a clear image, idea, or feeling of something that you wish to manifest. Then you continue to focus on the idea, feeling, or picture regularly, giving it positive energy until it becomes objective reality.
In other words, until you actually achieve what you have been imagining.
I know what you’re thinking. What a fruitcake, new-agey thing.
If one could achieve success simply by imagining it, focusing on it and giving it positive energy, I would be a multi-millionaire like Ms. Gawain.
Perhaps I’ll write a similar book. What do you think about the title “Visualizing Success for the Middle Class” or “Visualize Your Way to Wealth and Well-Being”? I think both of those names, with a cool book cover and pages and pages of mumbo jumbo might just do well.
Perhaps I can generate some B.S. new age book or articles just by using this New-Age Bullshit Generator.
I clicked on the “Reionize Electrons” button on this page, which generated the following:
You and I are lifeforms of the quantum cycle.
Transcendence requires exploration. Flow is the truth of guidance, and of us.
It is in flowering that we are awakened.
Suffering is born in the gap where presence has been excluded. The complexity of the present time seems to demand an ennobling of our brains if we are going to survive. Yes, it is possible to shatter the things that can eliminate us, but not without coherence on our side.
The planet is bursting with ultrasonic energy. This life is nothing short of a maturing harmonizing of magical serenity. Hope is the driver of complexity.
The goal of pulses is to plant the seeds of gratitude rather than stagnation. To follow the quest is to become one with it. Consciousness consists of electromagnetic resonance of quantum energy. “Quantum” means an evolving of the sublime.
Throughout history, humans have been interacting with the stratosphere via bio-electricity.
Have you found your myth? Wanderer, look within and empower yourself. Although you may not realize it, you are magical.
It is a sign of things to come. The quantum shift of life-force is now happening worldwide. We must learn how to lead karmic lives in the face of selfishness.
Wow! I seriously might just generate a few dozen of these, post them into an eBook, along with a stock photo of a wise looking dude with an awesome beard.
I might even use some of my own words, but I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that it would sell a few copies per month. Probably more than the 600-page book that I spent six years writing.
I did like six things that Gawain wrote in this book, so assuming that you do not wish to obtain and read this new-age motivational book geared towards women, here are some points that apply to those of us with penises, as well.
Ideas Are Like Blueprints
I rather like this concept. Gawain writes that the idea is like a blueprint; it creates an image of the form, which then magnetizes and guides the physical energy to flow into that form, and eventually manifests itself on the physical plane.
I ask you – Gawain’s writing or the New Age Bullshit Generator?
Upon writing her words, I take it back. The concept of ideas as blueprints is cool, but the New Age Bullshit language that she uses makes it sound very fruity.
Relaxation is Important
Gawain urges the reader to do creative visualization at night just before sleeping, or in the morning just after awakening, because at those times the mind and body are already deeply relaxed and receptive.
For us Middle Class Guys, not so much in the morning. The morning is spent preparing for work and helping with the kids a bit. Not doing yoga and reflecting on life, like the multimillionaire author on an idyllic property in California or Hawaii, where she lives in natural splendor.
My mornings are spent shitting, shaving, bathing, sometimes helping with our daughter (son’s away at college), putting together my lunch, tending to our dog, drinking coffee and gathering things that I may need for my workday. All in short order, since I am generally a poor sleeper and dragging myself through most weekday mornings.
For a few minutes before going to sleep, I do practice creative visualization although I have always thought of it as fantasizing.
Being, Doing and Having
Gawain writes that often people attempt to live their lives backward: trying to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so that they will be happier.
She considers this ass-backwards, urging us to first be who we really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
Not a bad point.
Go With the Flow, Dude
Gawain’s popularity and success is largely due to re-wording Eastern philosophy.
She urges the reader to the way of the Tao – “going with the flow.”
Thus, you do not have to exert effort to get where you want to go; simply keep clearly in your mind where you would like to go, and then patiently and harmoniously….
Wait a second. That is too much B.S. for me to repeat. I am a Middle Class Guy who believes in hard work, persistence and determination, not the river of life getting me where I want to go by following the flow. It was going with the flow that got me to where I am now.
There must be something else worthwhile in this top-selling book.
I agree that we need to reclaim our ability to appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
She writes that many of us in the industrialized world need to cultivate a simpler, more natural lifestyle.
Considering where I live with my family, amen to that! I am smack dab in the middle of miles upon miles of endless suburbia: subdivisions, strip malls, car dealerships, restaurants of all sorts, industrial parks, you name it.
After our basic needs are met, the experience of abundance has more to do with expressing our creative gifts in satisfying ways, and learning to give and receive in a balanced way, than it has to do with extravagant consumerism.
Something that Gawain and I agree on, and you should too.
A Mental Sanctuary
I apologize if this comes across as too New Agey again, but remember that Gawain wrote it and I am just agreeing.
She writes of the need to create a sanctuary within yourself where you can go anytime you want to. Wherever it is, it should feel comfortable, pleasant and peaceful to you.
She goes on to describe how to use this sanctuary, but even a meat-and-potatoes Middle Class Guy like Yours Truly has used this from time to time.
The first time I recall using it was lying within a MRI tube for about a half hour. I kept going to my happy place, only to be interrupted by the technician checking on me every time I was totally relaxed.
I have used this twice more since starting this blog. Once, right before getting scoped up the wazoo, and another time before getting scoped up the front end. Both situations were stressful for me, but I thought about going to my favorite place both times to help myself relax.
As the prior point on simple pleasures makes, I will not tell of the exact location of my happy place here, but it is a spot of great natural beauty that I have loved for decades. I take great pleasure in going there, and there is no admission fee, shops, places to eat or houses nearby.
I may ask my kids to scatter my ashes there someday.
Creative Visualization Notebook
My favorite advice in this book is to start a notebook that can serve as your creative visualization notebook.
Let me state here that I have kept such notebooks for about five years now, although I never thought of the term “creative visualization” before picking up and reading this book.
In my notebooks, which I have taken to changing every year for about the past four, I jot down ideas for blog posts, list out some financial goals, track some investments, write ideas for apps, write some notes on books that I have read, and the like.
Most of the rest of this book resembles whatever would be randomly generated by the New Age Bullshit Generator.
For fun, here is an excerpt of another one:
Where there is delusion, consciousness cannot thrive. You may be ruled by discontinuity without realizing it. Do not let it eradicate the truth of your path. Ego is born in the gap where consciousness has been excluded.
It can be difficult to know where to begin.
The dreamscape is calling to you via supercharged waveforms. Can you hear it? Entity, look within and synergize yourself. Have you found your vision quest?
Without gratitude, one cannot heal. Yes, it is possible to erase the things that can obliterate us, but not without karma on our side. You must take a stand against yearning.
I seriously think that I should write a New Age book comprised of these. It might even rival Ms. Gawain’s book, but I could never make as much as she did by being one of the first BSers to cash in on this stuff.
Good for her!